Temporary hall delayed again

The Luggate Memorial Hall. Photo: QLDC
The Luggate Memorial Hall. Photo: QLDC
The delivery of the temporary Luggate Hall has been delayed for at least another two months, as the Queenstown Lakes District Council continues to work through the resource consent process.

It was thought the portable building could have been installed on the Hopkins St Reserve before Christmas, as a temporary facility for community groups while the existing hall is demolished and replaced over the coming years.

However, Luggate Community Association chairman Graeme Perkins said he had been advised at the start of March the temporary hall "won't be there for a couple of months".

"It's all dragging on a little bit. It'd be nice to have it there but it's not there yet."

District council spokeswoman Lu Morris confirmed the delivery of the hall had been delayed as the council worked through the building and resource consent process.

"This process has required some further investigation and work to be completed to meet consent requirements, which has delayed the delivery of the relocatable [building].

"As soon as the delivery date is confirmed, this will be communicated with the community."

Mr Perkins said progress on the new permanent hall was "moving along nicely".

"We're very happy with that.

"It's going into the design stage very shortly and the funding is all coming together.

"So on one hand we're without a temporary hall but on the other hand it is all pretty promising as far as the real new hall goes."

A community centre was vital for Luggate, as it was used for everything from marriages and funerals to civil defence, dog training, town dances, and martial arts, Mr Perkins said last year.

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